Farmer benefitting from Kaleka tends to plants in nursery


Fostering regenerative agriculture in Indonesia

Reduce hunger and poverty, and improve livelihoods

Asia and Pacific

The issue:

According to WWF, “palm oil is the world's most produced, consumed and traded vegetable oil”. In addition, the “irresponsible production of palm oil has caused widespread rainforest destruction and wildlife loss, exacerbated climate change, and impacted the rights of local communities”. In response to irresponsible practices, companies are increasingly seeking palm suppliers that are certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 

Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil in the world, with much of this product grown in several main producer provinces, including Central and West Kalimantan. The oil palm farmers in these regions do not have the financial or technical resources to shift to more sustainable agriculture, putting them at risk of being excluded from the market due to a lack of certification and resources. The remaining natural forests in the area are also in danger.

Farmer benefitting from Kaleka tends to crops

The project:

Kaleka is an Indonesian non-profit organisation that strives towards the sustainable management of Indonesia’s landscapes and seascapes for the benefit of local and indigenous communities.

Croda Foundation has contributed £60,000 to the Action for Sustainable Derivatives Impact Fund to support Kaleka’s Mosaik Initiative. The project aims to adopt and upscale models of regenerative agriculture in Seruyan, Kotawaringin Barat and Sukamara districts in Central Kalimantan, as well as Ketapang District in West Kalimantan. The project will also restore degraded lands and protect existing forests and biodiversity.

Additionally, farmers in these four districts will also become RSPO certified, allowing them to get a price premium for sustainably producing commodities, which is critical to improving their product value and ultimately their livelihoods.

To learn more about Kaleka, visit its website.

Our Governance

Croda Foundation, established in 2020, is an independent charitable company set up by FTSE 100 specialty chemicals company, Croda International Plc, and is registered in England and Wales (number: 1196455).  The Foundation is solely funded by generous donations from Croda International Plc and led by an independent Board of Trustees